News Update: Needles, CA: Needles Sand Shark Swim Team received over $56,000 in restitution payment from John Lusk and Janay Lusk as part of a resolution to the embezzlement investigation.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has released publicly information regarding Needles Sand Shark Swim Team received over $56,000 in restitution from John and Janay Lusk.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, in July of 2019, detectives from the Needles Police and Sheriff’s Department began an investigation into the embezzlement of money from the Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team, a local youth program. Two suspects, John and Janay Lusk, had been entrusted with the Sand Sharks bank account since 2013. During the investigation, it was determined the Lusk’s embezzled more than $50,000, not related to swim team activities.

The case was submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review. On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the District Attorney’s Office filed felony embezzlement charges against John and Janay Lusk, and arrest warrants were issued for both.

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, Janay Lusk plead guilty to PC 504-Embezzlement, a felony. Janay Lusk received 36 months of supervised felony probation and 60 days confinement in the county jail. She will be eligible for the County jail weekend/work release program. Criminal charges were dismissed for John Lusk, per penal code 1385 Interest of Justice.

As part of the resolution to this investigation, the Lusks agreed to pay restitution. The Needles Sand Shark Swim Team received a payment of $56,703.95 from the Lusks.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell at the Colorado River Station (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

For press releases, news, and information, follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at @CORiverStation.

Refer:                     Detective Brandon Abell

Station:                  Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department

Phone No.             760-326-9206

Case No.                211900611

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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